“THE WARBURGS,” BY RON CHERNOW

I owe a great debt to Ron Chernow. His 2004 biography “Alexander Hamilton” sparked an interest in American history, especially the Revolutionary period, that has provided me with countless hours of enjoyment and a never ending appreciation and amazement for just how much our Founding Fathers achieved against formidable odds. In the meantime, Alexander Hamilton has become one of my heroes and beside my desk I have a large, framed photo of this amazing human being. And no, I have not seen the Broadway play.

Mr Chernow’s, “The Warburgs,” is an amazing portrait of a German Jewish family who rose to prominence in the world of banking as far back as the mid-nineteen century and continued against great obstacles… Hitler and his love and fun band of Nazis’… Until the dawn of the 21st century. It is a family whose banking expertise extended way beyond the financial world and also produced an astonishing number of philanthropists, scholars, artists, politicians, and military figures who played important roles in World War 2 fighting with the Americans and the allies and whose generosity and influence spread across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and especially America.

The book spans nearly two hundred years, and Mr Chernow’s inclusion and insights into many of the historical events… Such as World War 1 and 2, the Russian pogroms of the Jews, the founding of the state of Israel, the depression… During this time is quite an achievement.

Yet, it is the antisemitic theme that runs throughout this book that is most disturbing. Despite everything this family did to better the lives of all people throughout the world, especially the German and American people, the abuse and displacement of much of the family during World War 2 and beyond is almost beyond belief… If it wasn’t so terrifyingly true.

In the half decade I have lived on this planet, I have had the privilege of knowing and befriending people of many different races, nationalities, and religions. It has made my life much richer, colorful, and more enjoyable than any possessions or amount of money could have given me, yet the one theme that has run throughout most of my relationships is the prejudice and bigotry against the Jewish religion and culture. It is appalling and reprehensible that a group of people who have contributed so much in the field of medicine, science, technology, humanity, and the arts, just to mention a few, can still be affronted to this very day by so much prejudice. To think that so many Christians could be so antisemitic is even more baffling, considering that Jesus was Jewish.

My best guess, is that anti-Semitism springs from a well of jealousy that far too many people drink from? A jealousy at the great success that the Jewish people have achieved, but what people seem to forget is that their success comes from hard work, education, and drive and thirst to51LconD0XOL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_make the world a better and safer place.

That being said, “The Warburgs,”is a reminder of the resiliency of an amazing family, and I highly, highly recommend.

READING PROGRESS

February 7, 2020 – Started Reading
February 7, 2020 – Shelved
March 3, 2020 – Finished Reading

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